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Ex-DOT usec Kat de Castro named to IBC board, Duterte frat brod to OFW commission


President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Katherine de Castro, a daughter of former Vice President Noli de Castro, as board member of the state-run Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC).

De Castro’s appointment comes after she and other top officials of the Department of Tourism were ordered by Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who took over the job from Wanda Teo in May, to file courtesy resignations in order to give her free rein to assemble her team.

De Castro will serve the unexpired term of former IBC board member Manolito Cruz that began on July 1, 2018 and will end on June 30, 2019, according to the appointment paper released by Malacañang on Wednesday.

Edwin Enrile succeeded De Castro as DOT undersecretary.

Duterte appointed retired Court of Appeals Justice Francisco Acosta as chairman of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. Duterte and Acosta are fraternity brothers.

Former print journalist Allan Nawal, meanwhile, was appointed board member of the IRC Group of Companies (Independent Realty Corporation and Mid-Pasig Land Development Corporation).

Duterte also named the following to these posts: lawyers Michael Ong (Acting Senior Deputy Executive Secretary) and McJill Bryant Fernandez (Acting Deputy Executive Secretary for General Administration), Vanessa Goc-Ong (Assistant Secretary at the Office of the President), and Beatrice Aurora Vega (Assistant Secretary at the Office of the President). —NB, GMA News

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